October 31, 2017

The New York Times, Eric Lipton, October 21, 2017-  For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has struggled to prevent an ingredient once used in stain-resistant carpets and nonstick pans from contaminating drinking water. The chemical, perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, has been linked to kidney cancer, birth defects, immune system disorders and other serious health …

October 30, 2017

Chicago Tribune, Editorial Board, October 27, 2017- Cook County’s short-lived penny-an-ounce sweetened beverage tax was a very bad idea. Just ask County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Here’s an even worse idea: The Illinois General Assembly’s flirtation with a bill that would prohibit counties throughout the state from enacting such a tax. The …

October 27, 2017

Columbia County Spotlight, Nicole Thill, October 27, 2017- Petitioners supporting two initiatives focused on grocery tax bans have continued collecting signatures in St. Helens in the wake of a recent failed city initiative to implement a tax on sugary drinks. Tim Mooney, a consultant to the Northwest Grocery Association, said …